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Natural Resources

The INL site consists of 890-square miles of land and is a critical component to the Department of Energy-Idaho's understanding of environmental resources in southeast Idaho. While the legal obligation and responsibility to address any potential impacts to these environmental resources falls on DOE-ID, the ESER team provides ecological support for land management issues at the INL. ESER's objectives in the area of service and support to DOE-ID are:
  • Perform and interpret vegetation surveys.
  • Perform wildlife surveys.
  • Conduct field investigations and offer ecological recommendations for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.
  • Assess the impacts of natural phenomena at the INL, including fire, drought, and cyclical weather patterns.
  • Serve as point-of-contact for the exchange of technical information with Native American Tribes, and State and Federal land management and wildlife agencies.

Burrowing Owl

Sagebrush Steppe


National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

National Environmental Research Park (NERP)

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